Andrew Bird is a writer, historian and researcher.
He has combined a career in graphic design and as a RAF reservist, he has published widely on the Second World War RAF in the campaigns involving Coastal Command in Europe.
He was the BBC’s historical adviser for the VE commemorations in 2005 and in 2010 and is one of the go to people on the de Havilland Mosquito.
He is currently finishing a new narrative account of the RAF’s Black Buck campaign in the Falklands War in 1982 (Operation Black Buck 1982 The Vulcans’ extraordinary Falklands War raids) due for publication by Osprey. Also in the pipeline is an account of the Berlin Airlift: as yet no fix date for publication by Pen & Sword has been given. Likewise Fliegeralarm Berlin an account of German women’s experiences of living under Allied bombing in Berlin between 1943 and 1945. The story of Highball Barnes Wallis’ bouncing bomb and the U-boat Hunters and a biography of New Zealander Hector Bolitho, RAF Coastal Commands’ media officer in the Second World War.
Andrew has extensive knowledge on the men and missions carried out against the Kriegsmarine surface fleet and U-boat arm by the Portreath and Banff Mosquito Strike Wings.
He is currently working voluntarily with Möltenort U-boat Memorial Foundation to give a voice to some of those submariners lost in the battles fought against Coastal Command and the Royal Navy.
He has spoken on and contributed to Aviation-xtended podcast on Coastal Command speaking on the Blenheim fighter, Beaufighter and Mosquito. The Podcast was runner up in the 2022 Aerospace Media Awards.
He is a supporter of RAF Wales and volunteers to research the biographies of Welsh airmen, and airwomen.
If you wish to engage Andrew to speak or to talk about his books please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org